Dan Roodt: Open letter to Nigel Farage from a disappointed South African
Each white cross symbolises a murdered South African farmer. To these must be added tens of thousands killed in the cities by today's more criminal "freedom fighters"
Dear Mr. Farage,
We here in South Africa, locked into an undemocratic system of ethnic majority tyranny whereby 90% of taxpayers have no say in government, have watched your rise to prominence in the United Kingdom with interest and even sympathy. Could you save your country from British Marxism, the ideology that has ruined us? For behind the incongruous handover of Pretoria to the ANC and South African Communist Party was a small band of ruthless British Marxists that did not balk at terrorism, such as the Church Street bomb in Pretoria that killed 19 and injured 200. The revolution in 1994 did not end our travails, as we are still targeted by criminal “freedom fighters” torturing our farmers to death and attacking us in the cities. Even children and babes die in these ongoing atrocities.
Not long ago I made contact with your candidate for West Lancashire, Mr. Jack Sen, who pledged to help communicate to the United Kingdom and the world at large our plight as victims of violence and radicalism; various forms of nationalisation, confiscation of land and the exclusion of the white minority from corporate and public-sector jobs are fast bringing South Africa to her knees. But here at last was Mr. Sen, an Englishman who took an interest in our country, not to terrorise us, nor to pour calumny onto us as your left-wing media are wont to do, but to save us from a Zimbabwean-style catastrophe or worse.
In a world without friends, we thought we had found a friend who also happened to be a UKIP candidate. What a blessing! Imagine then my astonishment in reading the news that he had been suspended for expressing an opinion on us, the beleaguered Western minority in South Africa. Was it anything radical, tantamount to hate speech? No, he simply stated during an online interview:
“The minority South African, and Afrikaner in particular, is an endangered species in my estimation.”
Compared to the political invective flying shrapnel-like in both traditional and online media, this must be seen as a very mild statement, also given the gravity of the situation in South Africa.
In his dystopian prophecies, Orwell foresaw an England where the truth itself would become prohibited and where an all-powerful brainwashing dictatorship would reign supreme. If a party like UKIP, supposedly conservative and euroskeptic, may censure and reject a candidate for such an utterance that is almost a euphemism, is there any freedom of speech left?
The accusation that Mr. Sen is “anti-Semitic” on account of a single tweet in which he referred to the Labour candidate, Ms. Luciana Berger, as “Britain’s youngest Jewish MP” is equally spurious. If I had to quote Sigmund Freud describing himself as a “godless Jew” would that make me an anti-Semite too?
Just this morning I was on a Jewish radio station here in Johannesburg, freely discussing South Africa’s ethnic problems. The station head told me that radical and communist Jews in the South African Communist Party were almost excommunicated by their own community in the 1960s, colluding as they were against our country with the ex-Soviet Union, East Germany, Vietnam and other countries.
Issues of race, ethnicity and identity always make us uncomfortable, but that is not reason enough to avoid them. I would say the Labour leader, Mr. Ed Miliband, has put them in the forefront of his campaign video:
He specifically introduces his radical and Marxist father, Ralph Miliband, describing him as “a refugee… fleeing the Nazis”. So Mr. Miliband is free to refer to past ethnic persecution but if Mr. Jack Sen mentions how the white minority is currently persecuted in South Africa, he gets the cold shoulder from his own party!
Perhaps Mr. Ralph Miliband did not hate Britain, as the Daily Mail has alleged. And in this sense Mr. Jack Sen was simply echoing some of the Mail’s misgivings. But all the Milibands certainly hated South Africa and the anti-communism we stood for in the past. Which is why Ralph Miliband and other British Marxists were members of the cabal that plotted urban terror against us. Miliband Sr. was a bosom friend of Joe Slovo who masterminded the odious terror campaign against white and black civilians in our country. However, thousands of Polish and Czech refugees found South Africa to be a safe haven when they had to flee communist persecution in their own lands, and love us for it to this day.
British betrayal of both Rhodesia and South Africa caused the downfall of both our countries, with the rise of radicalism, xenophobia, black racial nationalism and, of course, Marxism. Not Russian or German or Chinese Marxism but British Marxism, the kind propagated by Miliband Sr. and diffused through South Africa’s English-language universities where I was forced as an undergraduate to study a book called The State in Capitalist Society by the illustruous father of the Labour leader.
Therefore, many of the South Africans living in Britain now are refugees too, both in an economic and in an ethnic sense. They are fleeing the violence here, as well as the blatant racial discrimination in the name of an absurd affirmative action for the majority in power. Traditionally conservative, Christian and law-abiding, our people will certainly not vote Labour and their sympathies lie with UKIP, the Tories or even the BNP.
Your party has not only rejected Mr. Jack Sen, but also the hundreds of thousands of South African voters in Britain, which may or may not include their friends and relatives who are certainly aware of the deteriorating and unjust conditions here.
I doubt whether any radical-chic, would-be British-Marxist terrorist waging a war against “bourgeois” Western culture has been swayed to vote UKIP by your hamfisted attempt at political correctness. But you must have lost at least ten thousand Southern African votes or even more British votes from those ordinary people who are sick of being browbeaten by the hysterical Left and their clamour of “racism”.
I would urge every British voter to make the right choice and vote for a candidate and a party that will not kowtow to political correctness and that does not flee from the truth, however unpalatable it may be.
If there is such a thing as the decline of the West, the hopes of many for you to lead some kind of renewal, even if only in Britain, have been severely dashed.
Dr. Dan Roodt
Author and activist for the South African minority